*Given popularity of these waterfalls, consider planning your visit during off-peak times (early morning or weekdays) and avoid parking on roadways if parking lots are full.

*Waterfall flow is seasonal and affected by rainfall.

Don’t be confused by the multiple names for Smokey Hollow Falls – also known as Grindstone, Waterdown or Great Falls. They all describe the same beautiful ribbon waterfall in its leafy forest setting that flows from Grindstone Creek in Waterdown.

Waterfall Description

  • At 10 metres tall, this isn’t the area’s biggest waterfall, but this short and fast-flowing waterfall is surrounded by a great section of the Bruce Trail. It has a rugged footpath tracing its way up and down the ravine formed by Niagara Escarpment.
  • Once used to power a local sawmill, the falls are now the centre of beautifully rehabilitated park land.

Parking and Proximity to Falls

  • A parking lot can be found just off Mill Street, not far from highway 5.

Accessibility

  • There is a viewing platform beside the waterfall.

Hike Nearby

  • The Waterdown Trail is a scenic in-and-out hike around 11 kilometres long. It’s considered moderately challenging and includes stairs and sometimes muddy conditions.
  • Some side trails and loops along the trail provide some shorter, faster hike options.

What to Do

What to Eat

  • The historic community of Waterdown has plenty of delicious treats to indulge in.
  • Copper Kettle Cafe is known for its mouth-watering apple fritters
  • Pick up meat, cheese and baked goods for a picnic at Harrington Lane Farms
  • Not far, in neighbouring Freelton, West Avenue Cidery serves up small batch ciders in a stunning farm setting.

Enjoying Hamilton Waterfalls Safely

Please consider these tips to help keep you safe while respecting the environment and surrounding neighbourhoods.

  • Waterfalls are located in environmentally sensitive areas – please stay on marked designated trails and obey closure signs; there are many rare plants that can be easily damaged or destroyed.
  • Park in designated parking areas only.
  • Do not cross active CN rail tracks to access waterfall areas and vistas. Crossing rail tracks is prohibited and illegal.
  • Stick to marked paths and stay well back from slopes, edges and other fall or slipping hazards.
  • Keep children and pets close.
  • Do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing.

Please watch this safety video from the City of Hamilton.

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